From Trauma to Transformation: A Path to Healing and Growth

From Trauma to Transformation: A Path to Healing and Growth

by Debra Laaser
From Trauma to Transformation: A Path to Healing and Growth

From Trauma to Transformation: A Path to Healing and Growth

by Debra Laaser


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God will not waste your pain

We have all heard of post traumatic stress, but few of us think about the possibility of post traumatic growth—the positive ways in which we can be transformed by our trauma. Yet this is precisely what can happen when we face our hurts, struggle through the rubble of our broken relationships, and unearth the ways God wants to use our trials to refine and mature us.

With compassion born from personal experience and insights gathered from years of counseling others, licensed marriage and family therapist Debra Laaser helps you stop asking "Why me?" and start asking "Lord, what would you have me learn from this?" She offers tangible steps you can take to move beyond daily survival toward a future in which you can thrive.

God does not waste our pain. With Laaser's expert guidance, you can experience positive life change not in spite of the hurt, loss, or betrayal you have undergone but because of it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800738037
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/19/2022
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Debra Laaser is a licensed marriage and family therapist and cofounder and director of Faithful & True. She was involved in recovery with her husband, Mark, for 30 years and is committed to helping couples find healing and transformation from the pain of sexual addiction and relational betrayal. Debra has facilitated therapy groups for wives for over 20 years and now devotes her time to counseling spouses who have been relationally betrayed. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book Shattered Vows and, together with Mark, coauthored The Seven Desires of Every Heart. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

1 The Pain of Being in Pain 17

2 Getting Practical When You Are in Pain 31

3 Surviving or Thriving 43

4 Practical Steps to Move from Surviving to Thriving 47

5 Exploring You-The Person You Take Everywhere 69

6 Practical Steps to Exploring You 77

7 What Is It Like to Be in Relationship with You? 105

8 Practical Steps to Examine Your Relationship 109

9 A New Trust 127

10 Everything Cries Holy-Letting Life Teach You 141

11 Liking the New You-Transforming 157

12 Trauma and Transformation 161

Acknowledgments 167

Gentle Assignments 171

Appendix A Feelings 181

Appendix B Erik Erikson's Stages of Development 183

Appendix C FANOS Check-In 187

Appendix D The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory 189

Appendix E The Intimacy Skills Inventory 191

Notes 193

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